TORO ROSSO

F1 Racing (UK) - - SEASON PREVIEW 2016 -

YOUTH­FUL PROM­ISE

Here you have two very quick and very ex­cit­ing, young guns, go­ing for it and with Max Ver­stap­pen in par­tic­u­lar, I think you’re look­ing at a fu­ture world cham­pion. What re­ally stood out in his rookie sea­son was his rac­ing. There are lots of quick rac­ing driv­ers who can turn it on for one week­end, but his wheel-to-wheel com­bat rac­ing was ex­cep­tional. He didn’t make many mis­takes… okay, Monaco was a big one when he crashed into Gros­jean, but even that was well-han­dled. He’d said he was ex­pect­ing one big crash in his first sea­son: that was it and he got it out of the way.

No one over­takes around the out­side of Blanchi­mont at Spa – but he did. Fan­tas­tic com­mit­ment; he judged it per­fectly. But, I might add, he also had a bit of Tar­mac run-off. At my peak I would never have made that move be­cause the con­se­quences would have been grass and a high-speed crash. But he knows the run-off is his friend and he can get away with us­ing it. There’s no doubt he’ll win grands prix and cham­pi­onships in the fu­ture.

MUR­RAY ON TORO ROSSO

Now this could be very in­ter­est­ing. With a fine chas­sis and a sturdy Fer­rari power unit re­plac­ing rick­ety Re­nault horses, the amaz­ing Max Ver­stap­pen and the very im­pres­sive Car­los Sainz, could even find them­selves fight­ing for podium places. A breath of fresh air!

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